Mount Wilson, Mount Harvard

29 March 1969

By: Cy Kaicener


Leader: Cy Kaicener
Assts.: Fred Bode, Bill Warner

We had 29 starters on a warm smoggy morning. Two with tennis shoes soon turned back. The scheduled assistant leader was unable to make the trip so Fred Bode kindly bridged the gap and served as Assistant.

Most of the elevation gain was in the first mile and a half, and soon two more dropped out. On a clear day the view of the city and mountains can be wonderful, but not this time. Our compensation was to leave the thick blanket of smog behind.

The fire break runs into the Mt. Wilson Toll Road where two-thirds of the elevation gain has been accomplished. At this point, Fred began to feel the effects of the grueling hike and turned back. Bill Warner took over as assistant and sixteen thirsty troopers headed for the restaurant where we got a good group rate on the entrance fee.

Eight of us bagged Harvard and took the ridge down under the television cable. Patches of snow still remained. The total mileage was ten miles (gain 4800'). The trails were all unusable according to the maintenance crew.


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